Negative Time Solving Contest 2012

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D2 U' B' U' F' D' L U2 R F L R' D' L R2 B' F2 D U' R2 F D U2 R2 B2 R F R' F2 U

This is the ONLY main Negative Time Solving Scramble for 2011. Do not use this scramble before the real attempt.

The following are additional 3x3 algorithms to be used only for 3x3 multi-blind. Decide on the number of cubes, n, to be attempted beforehand, and take the first n-1 from this list in addition to the main scramble above.

  • R' B U2 R' D' L' R2 F U2 L' B R2 F2 D' R2 F2 D B2 F2 L' R F' R2 U' L' R B2 L2 R2 U
  • B U2 B' L' F U F D B F' D' F2 U B' L2 B2 F' U R' U' L B' L D B2 F2 D B2 F' L2
  • R2 B U2 L' R U R' B U2 R B F2 L2 R F' D' R D2 L' U' L' B2 R' B' F' U' F2 D' F' U2
  • B' L2 R' B' D B' D R B2 U2 B' R F U' B' R2 U F' D U2 L' R2 B' F' R' U R F L' R
  • F L B2 F L R2 F' R' F2 L' B L2 B' U2 F R2 D2 F D' L' D' U2 F D' L2 R B2 F R' U2
  • U2 F2 U2 L' D' L2 R' U' B F L2 R' D2 U F' L' D' U2 L R' B F' U L' F L B' F2 U2 L2
  • B D2 L R' U' L2 B F' R2 U' F2 L' D' U' R F L2 F R' F' U' R B2 D B2 D B2 F' L D'
  • U' B' F D2 B' L F' L' U2 R' D B2 F2 U L2 U2 L' R' U L D B2 F2 L' B2 F' L B' F' L2
  • L R B2 U' L R' B' D B' L' U' L2 B' R2 B R2 B F' R' B2 D2 U L2 U2 B' D' U' B' F' D'
  • R' U2 L' R2 B' R U B R2 U2 L B2 D U2 F' D2 U B2 U F' U' R2 B' F' U2 R' D2 L' R U'
  • D2 R2 B' R' B' D' U2 L2 B2 L' R2 D2 B' D2 R B2 L' R' D' U2 R' F' L2 R' B' F' R2 B L F'
2x2 Scramble
  • F' R F2 U2 F' U2 F' R2 U
4x4 Scramble
  • Fw U2 Rw D' Uw R' B Fw' Uw' U2 F Rw' Uw' L Fw' Rw R2 Uw U' Fw2 R2 B' R' Uw2 F L Fw D Uw2 U' L2 U2 Fw2 Uw' R2 D' Rw' U' B R
5x5 Scrarmble
  • Fw R2 U' Lw' Rw2 Fw D2 Fw2 Lw' B' Fw' R U2 L2 Uw' B Fw' F2 D2 Dw Uw2 Rw R' Uw2 R' F D' R B' Dw' Lw U F D U R Uw' L' R' Bw2 F' Uw Rw2 U2 L2 B2 R2 U L R2 B2 Rw2 Uw F2 Rw' Fw2 Rw Bw' Rw2 U

You can scramble other puzzles on your own.


There were 29 participants representing 5 countries. Of these, 1 participated in Europe and the rest were from North America.

3x3 Speedsolve

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
winnerLars PetrusUSAn/aMy timer battery gave up mid solve :( I think that means I won in some sense.
1Andrew KangUSA-59 minutes, 50.39 seconds
2Harris ChanCanada-59 minutes, 50.22 secondsDecent solve, despite that it's cold here :O
3Felix LeeUSA-59 minutes, 49.10 secondsI was getting some pretty poor solves in preparation for this, so I'm really happy :D
4Jules ManalangUSA-59 minutes, 48.07 seconds
5AJ BlairUSA-59 minutes, 47 seconds
6Justin LinUSA-59 minutes, 46.78 seconds
7Lucas GarronGermany (in USA)-59 minutes, 46.34 seconds
8Jeremy FleischmanUSA-59 minutes, 45.695 secondsHappy birthday Lars!
9Michael GottliebUSA-59 minutes, 44.34 secondsCould probably have gone better.
10Shotaro MakisumiJapan-59 minutes, 42.708 secondsHappy birthday Lars!
11Dan DzoanUSA-59 minutes, 42.250 secondsHappy birthday Lars!
12Vincent SheuUSA-59 minutes, 38.65 secondsPopped :(
13Devin Corr-RobinettUSA-59 minutes, 36.65 secondslol
14Daniel LoUSA-59 minutes, 34.7 seconds
15ScottRausch-59 minutes, 33 seconds
16William ChenUSA-59 minutes, 31 seconds
17Timothy HendersonUSA-59 minutes, 30.90 seconds
18Connie ChenUSA-59 minutes, 30 secondstoo sleepy and no dranks
19Elan KatzUSA-59 minutes, 27 secondsFirst negative solve : D
20Chris TandionoUSA-59 minutes, 25 seconds
21Alice YuUSA-58 minutes, 52.78 seconds
22IanUSA-58 minutes, 18 secondsWhat fun!
23Debbie LiuUSA-57 minutes, 12 secondsHappy birthday Lars!

3x3 Blindfolded

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Noah ArthursUSA-59 minutes, 6.24 secondsBEEP
2Leyan LoUSA-58 minutes, 23.38 seconds
3Ranzha V. EmodrachSmerbia-58 minutes, 15.68 seconds
4Mike HugheyUSA-57 minutes, 48.88 secondsAwful - I'm too tired. That's why I didn't attempt something big. We ran a competition with 95 competitors today! (Well, yesterday.)
4Lucas GarronGermany (in USA)-56 minutes, 36.79 secondsFirst negative blindfolded success for me! :-) (Started memo before 2:00, did speedsolve inbetween.)

3x3 Feet

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Antoine CantinCanada-58 minutes, 51 secondsI suck at feet nowadays :P
2Anthony HsuUSA-58 minutes, 0.87 secondsMy brother called me to be let in DURING my solve. I ignored his first call but messed up my OLL. I picked up his second call and talked to him while I continued to solve. Terrible time for me but I'm still glad I got under -58 minutes :).
3Walker WelchUSA-54 minutes, 16 seconds

2x2x2-8x8x8 OH relay

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Michael GottliebUSA-9 minutes, 29.08 secondsDo not attempt this stunt at home!